I am shocked each time I come across a lady, especially, one brought up in Kaduna or some other conservative town, who does not rever Shabba Ranks. I am sure that, if I were one of such ladies, I would break down in tears of gratitude at the mere thought —or hearing— of the word ‘Shabba’. Before the early 1990s, ladies used to be pelted with stones or jeered at or even sang at for walking down the streets in trousers. The first line of one of such songs inn Hausa sings: ‘Biri da wando (Monkey in trousers)’.
Literary Taxidermy’s Short Story Competition is open to any writing form and genre, including: satire, tragedy, science fiction, fantasy, suspense, detective, romance, hyper realism, magical realism, plain old realism, speculative fiction, flash fiction, meta-fiction, meta-meta-fiction, screenplay, poetry, etc. “This year’s competition is actually three contests in one. The first contest draws its opening and closing lines […]
Okay, it is simple. The Young Women’s Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos Branch simply want you to send them a story (1500-3000 words) with the theme: ‘Find Your Voice, Share Your Story’… Here are the details: Stories must be between 1500-3000 words and written to cover the theme Find Your Voice, Share Your Story. Entries must […]
By Alexis Teyie
In October last year, Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize for his novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings. He is the first Jamaican-born author to win “Britain’s most prestigious literary award.” Earlier in 2015, Zambian writer, Namwali Serpell, won the Caine Prize – described as Africa’s leading literary award – for her short story, “The Sack,” though she explicitly disagrees with the structure of the Prize.
I am a bit anxious about reading James’s work. The violence, a need to like what has been branded Good, a fear of already missing out all make me fear I am already biased before reading. But Serpell’s story I read before the furore, before others’ admonitions and praises told me what to think about it. I lifted the sack, shook it out, and still wasn’t sure what exactly I was supposed to find – perhaps a metaphor…
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